Weekly Roundup: April 30, 2021

Welcome to Paper Cat Press’s Weekly Roundup! In the Weekly Roundup, I provide links and summarized information about the crowdfunded projects, creator opportunities, and resources that have caught my eye over the week. I hope you enjoy!

WARNING! Some content below may feature NSFW content. Links will be marked NSFW! when the content identifies itself as adult material.

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News || Social Resources || Awards and Prizes || Crowdfunded Projects || General/Misc. || Animation || Comics, Illustration, and More || Conventions and Events || Designers || Fan Zines || Games || Mentorships & Fellowships || Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops || Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants || Teaching || Voice Acting || Writing and Editing || Youth and Internships || Resources || Deals || Giveaways


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Awards


Crowdfunded Projects

smutcomic2 NSFW! Korinna Mei Veropoulou is raising funds to publish Τσοντοκόμικ/Smutcomic: An Erotic Anthology Made in Greece. Smutcomic #2, a comic anthology by 13 female and non-binary artists in the Greek indie comics scene, is a collection of 13 interconnected erotic stories set in modern-day Athens. The books are available in either Greek or English. Reward options include digital and/or physical copies of Smutcomic #1 and #2, a set of 3 A4 prints, a traditional A4 commission, stickers, and more. The campaign ends May 1.
dragonsbytheyard Kymera Press is raising funds to publish the fifth and potentially sixth issue (depending on reaching stretch goals) of Dragons By the Yard. Anna, a woman who handcrafts all things dragon and sells them at the Rose Bowl Swap Meet, winds up handling real dragons after crafting with brimstone given to her by a mysterious woman. Reward options include digital and/or physical issues of Dragons By the Yard, an enamel pin, a coloring book, a concept art book, a bean bag dragon, a dark chocolate dragon, a signed archival print, and more. The campaign ends on May 5.
imperiumplayingcards Illustrator Kelly McMahon is raising funds to produce Imperium Playing Cards, a deck of playing cards featuring a world of female rulers and their tales of victory. Imperium is a deck of 54 playing cards featuring a world of matriarchs. Each suit is ruled by a trio of leading ladies and accompanied by an elegant set of number cards. Reward options include the deck of cards, art prints, and a publication featuring the heroines’ tales of victory written by Rachelle Heger, with illustration and concept development by Kelly McMahon. The campaign ends on May 7.
sombulusgn2021 Cartoonist Christina Major is raising funds to print Sombulus Volume 3, as well as a reprint of Book 1. Surreal fun, terrible puns, and magical antics continue in the third graphic novel of Christina Major’s ongoing fantasy adventure webcomic, Sombulus. Reward options include digital or physical copies of either Book 1, 2, and/or 3, two comic anthologies from the SpiderForest Webcomic Collective featuring comics by Christina and other great creators, and additional goodies. The campaign ends on May 8.

Please check the Comics section on Kickstarter to find even more creative crowdfunding campaigns to support.


General/Misc.


Animation

Check this list of animation and gaming jobs worldwide. You can find a directory of currently open animation jobs at animatedjobs.comSee Entertainment Careers for more listings.


Comics, Illustration, and More


  • Illustrators can take the State of Illustration international survey here.
  • Illustrators and literary agents: With the help of Cameron Decker and Houndstooth Designs, the Agents for Illustrators list is now a searchable directory. Search agent listings by genre, location, and agency. Agents can now sign up and log in to control their own listings. Thank you, Nilah Magruder!
  • Anathema is open to portfolio submissions from illustrators for new/original and/or reprint cover art.
  • Annick Press is looking for Sikh Punjabi illustrators for picture book work. Please share your portfolios by commenting on this tweet or send them to submissions [at] annickpress.com.
  • Arledge Comics is accepting submissions of all-ages comics on a rolling basis.
  • AZE Journal is accepting general submissions from marginalized voices in the queer community.
  • The Comicadia Herald is accepting submissions of news from webcomic creators, including convention appearances, publishing deals, relaunches and hiatus returns, contests, and more.
  • button_new3 (REMOTE) Crazy Maple Studio is seeking freelance Romance Comic Writers to adapt popular romance novels into webtoon-style comic scripts for their mobile reading app.
  • Creator Advisor helps creators connect with other creators on paid comic book projects.
  • GenderTerror is accepting submissions of LGBTQ+ horror from artists and writers.
  • Ketnipz is seeking to hire an Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Animator, and BG Artist. Sends portfolios and/or work samples to info@ketnipz.com or DM bonusbeans on Instagram.
  • Do you have a webcomic with LGBTQ characters and themes? LGBTQ Webcomics is looking to add more queer webcomics to their database on Tagpacker!
  • New Naratif welcomes pitches from freelancers in Southeast Asia (or from the Southeast Asian diaspora) about stories and issues that matter to Southeast Asia and Southeast Asians. Submissions may include research, journalism, comics, videos, podcasts, etc..
  • The New Southern Fugitives is seeking submissions of fiction, book reviews, essays, poetry, photography, and visual art from creators in the South.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • QueerWebcomics.com has two mailing lists available for sign-up – one for professionals, and a general list for customers.
  • Scholastic Canada invites professional illustrators to email sample art and links to an online portfolio to Andrea Casault, Art Director at acasault@scholastic.ca.
  • Shout Mouse Press, a writing program and publishing house for underheard voices, is seeking illustrators for their 2020 series of Books by Teens. In partnership with Reach Incorporated, Shout Mouse Press coaches 12-15 DC teens to write 4 illustrated children’s books for the students they tutor. The project requires at least 2 on-site visits during the last two weeks of July in Washington, DC, and illustrators are offered a stipend of $1,500 per book with the opportunity for a bonus, plus 5 free copies.
  • button_new3 (Los Angeles, CA) Tapas Media is seeking an Editor-in-Chief.
  • The Washington Center for the Book invites Washingtonians of all ages to send 1- to 3-page COVID-19 stories to be collected into an anthology zine.
  • Submit your webcomic to The Webcomic Library by using this form.
  • (Los Angeles, CA) WEBTOON has a multiple opportunities available.
  • (Horsham, PA) Zenescope is seeking an Editor-in-Chief to oversee and manage the editorial department for our growing line of comic books and graphic novels.

Check out Arts for LA, Call for Entry, College Art Opportunities, or Graphic Competitions for more exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities. Check Chris Arrant’s #ComicJobs hashtag on Twitter.


Conventions and Events

Many conventions and major events have been cancelled due to travel restrictions, guest cancellations, and preventative responses to the spread of coronavirus. Here is a list of cancelled and postponed conventions. Please check in frequently with any event you have planned through 2021. And, as always, wash your hands.

Check this list of animation and gaming jobs worldwide. Mitch Dyer shared a doc full of Game Dev jobs. Work With Indies lists game dev jobs with independent studios.


Designers

  • (New York, NY) Abrams Children’s Books is seeking a Senior Designer.
  • Chronicle Books is seeking a Design and Development Director for the Petit Collage brand.
  • (Milwaukie, OR) Dark Horse is seeking a Digital Art Technician, a Graphic Designer, and a Prepress Technician.
  • (New York, NY) HarperCollins Children’s Books is seeking an Assistant Designer with a passion for graphic novels and children’s literature to join its graphic novel imprint, HarperAlley.
  • Ketnipz is seeking to hire an Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Animator, and BG Artist. Sends portfolios and/or work samples to info@ketnipz.com or DM bonusbeans on Instagram.
  • (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Designer/Senior Designer and button_new3 a Design Manager.

Fan Zines

Looking for fan zines to submit to? Check out Apps4Zines on Twitter.


Games

Check this list of animation and gaming jobs worldwideMitch Dyer shared a doc full of Game Dev jobsWork With Indies lists game dev jobs with independent studios.


Mentorships & Fellowships

  • button_new3 The Latinx in Publishing Inc. (LxP) Publishing Fellowship Program is accepting applications from aspiring Latinx publishing mentees (living in the U.S. or Puerto Rico) until May 15. Fellows will remotely shadow the editorial process of an editor or senior editor, from acquisition to publication, for a 10-month period. Fellows will receive a $2,500 stipend.

Residencies, Retreats, and Workshops

  • The Native Children’s and YA Writing Intensive is accepting applications on a rolling basis through June 15. Up to 20 participants will be invited to the intensive, which intends to offer an opportunity for reflection, conversation, celebration, and manuscript and career development. Registration is $100, but most participants will receive scholarship support.
  • ViciousMinutesHour is accepting applications from Black Trans folk for two Artist-in-Residence positions. The artist-in-residence opportunity pays $225 CDN per week and serves as a space/time grant, providing an additional source of income for the general work applicants do as an artist.

Check out the Alliance of Art CommunitiesArts for LA, College Art Opportunities for exhibition, residency, and grant opportunities.


Scholarships, Sponsorships, and Grants

Check out Arts for LA, College Art Opportunities, or this list by ProFellow for grant opportunities.


Teaching

Sign up to teach at Skillshare to earn royalties based on the premium member students in your class. See here for additional information.


Voice Acting

Check the Casting Call Club for more voice acting and audio opportunities.


Writing and Editing

  • Improbable Press is seeking submissions for the Cryptids Anthology until May 1. They pay 0.05¢ American per word for stories up to 5,000 words.
  • The Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award is accepting submissions from unpublished, unagented picture book creators until June 15. The winner will receive $1,500, receive a portfolio review, and will have their submission considered for publication.
  • Through June 2021, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is waiving fees for SFWA membership for Black writers. If you qualify for membership, are a Black writer, and would like to join the organization or renew your membership, please send an email to office@sfwa.org for more information.
  • Inclusive Future Magazine is accepting submissions of prose, poetry, art, and graphic design from trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer artists and writers until July 15. Selected contributors will be paid; pay amounts are available on the website.
  • The Ann Petry Award is accepting submissions of previously unpublished prose, either a novel or a collection of short stories or novellas, with a minimum of 150 pages, by a Black writer. The awarded manuscript will be published by Red Hen Press, with its writer awarded $3,000, and a four-week residency at The Community Library’s Ernest and Mary Hemingway House in Ketchum, Idaho. Apply by July 30 for consideration.
  • Nerve Endings: Smut and Nerve Endings: Romance are accepting submissions of short fiction addressing trans and non-binary experiences of sex, sexuality, and relationships. Submissions for Romance are due by October 4 (extended).

  • AbleGamers is looking for pitches about disability in video games to be featured in their newsletter and on the AbleGamers website. Financial compensation available for accepted pieces.
  • (New York, NY) Abrams Press is seeking an Editorial Assistant and an Editorial Director.
  • (New York, NY) Aevitas Creative Management is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (Park Ridge, IL) Albert Whitman & Co. is seeking an Editorial Director and an Editor.
  • Anathema Magazine is seeking poetry and cover art submissions from queer/two-spirit person of color/Indigenous/Aboriginal people.
  • Anime Feminist is looking for contributors. Read here for more information. Article writers will be paid $50 per article.
  • Anime News Network is seeking Freelance Editorial Contributors.
  • (New York, NY) Apollo Publishers is seeking an Associate Editor with prior publishing experience.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY, currently REMOTE) The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) seeks a Managing Editor, an editorial leader who will manage the day-to-day production and operations of the Workshop’s award-winning digital literary magazine The Margins.
  • Autostraddle is seeking personal essays, feature stories, and article submissions on fashion and beauty, sex and relationships, humor, and investigative journalism, particularly from butch/masculine-of-center women, people of color, people over age 45, and trans women.
  • (West Concord, MA – currently REMOTE) Barefoot Books is seeking an Assistant Editor.
  • beestung is accepting submissions from non-binary and two-spirit writers. Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrids, and art with intracommunity sensibilities are welcome. Contributors will be paid a $20 honorarium.
  • Black Rainbow accepts pitches from LGBQTI people of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and pays $150 for selected articles.
  • (New York, NY) Bold Type Books is seeking an Editorial Director.
  • (Somerville, MA) Candlewick Press is seeking an Art Department Administrative Assistant.
  • Carnation Books is accepting submissions of f/f historical romance of at least 50,000 words from fanfiction authors.
  • CBR is seeking experienced writers to write on comic book news, analyses, and movie and tv show casting news.
  • (New York, NY) Clarkson Potter is seeking a Senior Editor.
  • Clarksworld Magazine is looking for fiction and nonfiction contributors and pays up to $0.10 per word.
  • Online monthly magazine The Dark is accepting submissions from 2000 to 6000 words in length. Encouraged genres include horror and dark fantasy, but graphic, violent horror is not desired. Payment is $0.06/word for up to 6000 words. Republishing payment is $0.01/word.
  • The Deadlands, a new monthly speculative fiction magazine, is accepting short fiction submissions of up to 5000 words and pays $0.10/word.
  • The Drinking Gourd is accepting pitches from Black Muslims. They accept work across all genres with a particular fondness for Afrofuturism and speculative fiction. All contributors are paid a $50 flat rate.
  • DVdebut and DVmentor are accepting applications for mentors in their inaugural mentorship programs. Applications for mentees open on May 1.
  • Escape Pod is accepting short science fiction submissions.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Flatiron Books is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (New York, NY) Hay House is seeking a full-time Editor to acquire and manage 12-16 projects a year for their Metaphysical list, which includes topics such as Angels, Astrology, Channeling, Manifesting, Oracle Cards, Tarot, and Spirit Guides.
  • (New York, NY) Holiday House is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support editors, review submissions, write copy, and help keep the editorial department functioning smoothly.
  • button_new3 Interstellar Flight Press is accepting submissions of essays, book-length nonfiction manuscripts, and BIPOC novellas.
  • Interlude Press has reopened to submissions.
  • (New York, NY) Kevin Anderson & Associates is seeking a Senior Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Kokila is seeking a Publishing Assistant to report to both the Publisher and Art Director to provide administrative, editorial, and design support all while coordinating with various departments in the division, agents, authors, and illustrators.
  • (Minneapolis, MN) Lerner Books is seeking an Associate Editor/Editor of YA Nonfiction.
  • button_new3 (New York, NY) Little, Brown for Young Readers is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • “Love Like Mine,” an ongoing column in Xtra, is seeking essays about queer love in all its forms – romantic, familial, platonic, and more.
  • New Naratif welcomes pitches from freelancers in Southeast Asia (or from the Southeast Asian diaspora) about stories and issues that matter to Southeast Asia and Southeast Asians. Submissions may include research, journalism, comics, videos, podcasts, etc..
  • (New York, NY) One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House, is seeking a Senior Editor.
  • POMEgranate Magazine is accepting pitches from artists and writers.
  • (New York, NY) The Viking Penguin imprint of Penguin Random House is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • (Princeton, NJ) Princeton University Press is seeking an Editorial Assistant to support two editors in the acquisition, development, and publishing of distinctive and outstanding books in history. They will serve as a liaison both between authors and the Press, and between departments within the Press.
  • (Philadelphia, PA) Quirk Books is seeking a full-time Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Quarto Books is seeking a Senior Editor.
  • (New York, NY) Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing, is seeking an Editorial Assistant.
  • Scholastic Canada is currently interested in reviewing Indigenous material in all genres and at all levels. No other unsolicited submissions are being accepted at this time.
  • Scholastic’s STEAM classroom magazines are looking for freelancers who write for kids. Articles are given on an assignment basis, between 150-800 words at about $1/word. Add your name here to be considered for future work.
  • The SFWA blog is open to nonfiction submissions that might be of interest to new and/or established writers of science fiction and fantasy.
  • (Asheville, NC – Remote eligible) Soomo Learning is seeking a Senior Editor.
  • Strange Horizons is seeking First Readers and Article Editors. Positions are volunteer and unpaid. They’re also accepting poetry submissions from Trans/GNC writers.
  • The Temper is seeking written works, particularly from marginalized writers, that relate to sobriety, addiction, or recovery.
  • Three-Lobed Burning Eye is seeking original speculative short stories and flash fiction. Accepted authors of short stories will receive $100 and for flash fiction authors will receive $30.
  • We Need Diverse Books is seeking blog volunteers with experience writing for an audience or an interest in interviewing authors about their work. The position is unpaid.
  • (New York, NY) Workman Publishing is seeking a Children’s Editor, button_new3 an Editorial Assistant, and a Senior Editor.

Youth and Internships


Resources


Deals

  • Affinity is offering its programs at a 50% discount following a free 90-day trial.

Remember to check ComiXologyDick Blick, Jerry’s Art-A-Rama, JoannMichael’s, and RightStuf for their weekly ads, coupons, and specials on comics and art supplies.


Giveaways


That’s it for this week! Look out for another post next week with these categories and possibly more. Is there something you’d like to see more of? Something you know about but don’t see here? Let me know! 

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Link to the previous Roundup: Weekly Roundup: April 23, 2021

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